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Published September 1988 | Erratum + Published
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Electromagnetic wave propagation through a dielectric-chiral interface and through a chiral slab


The reflection from and transmission through a semi-infinite chiral medium are analyzed by obtaining the Fresnel equations in terms of parallel- and perpendicular-polarized modes, and a comparison is made with results reported previously. The chiral medium is described electromagnetically by the constitutive relations D = εE + iγB and H = iγE + (1/μ)B. The constants ε, μ, and γ are real and have values that are fixed by the size, the shape, and the spatial distribution of the elements that collectively compose the medium. The conditions are obtained for the total internal reflection of the incident wave from the interface and for the existence of the Brewster angle. The effects of the chirality on the polarization and the intensity of the reflected wave from the chiral half-space are discussed and illustrated by using the Stokes parameters. The propagation of electromagnetic waves through an infinite slab of chiral medium is formulated for oblique incidence and solved analytically for the case of normal incidence.

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© Copyright 1988 Optical Society of America. Received September 15, 1987; accepted March 2, 1988. The authors thank Charles Elachi, the assistant laboratory director of the Office of Space Science and Instruments, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, for his interest in this problem and for his kind assistance and advice. S. Bassiri, C. H. Papas, and N. Engheta, "Electromagnetic wave propagation through a dielectric-chiral interface and through a chiral slab: errata," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 7, 2154- (1990).

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